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Dan Uccello sprinkles black balsamic pearls on his award winning “Pizza D’Italia,” which also features a fig preserve spread, fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola and asiago cheeses, arugula and prosciutto di Parma.

Flo’s named ‘Best Pizza in America’ at international competition

When Dan Uccello begins crafting a pizza, he may appear to be a chef following a simple recipe, but in his mind, the process goes well beyond the realm of the kitchen. In cooking up his latest creation Wednesday at Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante on Plainfield Avenue north of Grand Rapids, Dan used a sense of care and detail one might expect from an artist painting on a canvas.

Students at the Seiter Education Center in Greenville interacted with people from the community during a yard sale at the school Thursday and Friday. They were raising money to purchase items for the school store. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Seiter Center hosts yard sale to raise funds for school store

Although summer has yet to officially start, this week has seen high temperatures and sunny days. Staff and students at the Seiter Education Center in Greenville took advantage of the perfect conditions to host a yard sale Thursday and Friday. Their goal: To raise money to buy things for the school store.

Ryan Johnson, controller for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals, explains at the June 8 Greenville Planning Commission meeting, details of a site plan showcasing what the hospital intends to pursue regarding more parking at the Greenville hospital. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Planning Commission reviews hospital parking plans on Marvel Drive

After recent approval of the Marvel Drive relocation, Spectrum Health United Hospital has come forward with tentative plans for the soon-to-be former roadway.

During the June 8 Greenville Planning Commission meeting, United and Kelsey Hospital Controller Ryan Johnson brought forward a site plan showcasing what the hospital intends to pursue.

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) discuss Tuesday pursuing an extension to the 25-year tax increment financing plan — which expires after 2021 — to continue funding the DDA. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA talks TIF plan

Be it an extensive streetscape, improvements to public parking or decorative flowers lining Lafayette Street, the Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) operates with a purpose to improve the downtown district. With that thought process leading the way, the DDA has begun discussions centered around the future of funding for the organization.

Greenville residents Mary Ogle and Jordayn Blake, 4, pick out new books to read at Flat River Community Library on Tuesday afternoon. Ogle said Blake has already gotten more than 200 minutes of reading done this summer. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville school board learns about new third-grade reading law

A controversial law is making its way to local public schools.

Public Act 306, also known as the third-grade reading law, was passed in October 2016 after lengthy revisions.

Carol Hansen has been named this year’s Danish Festival grand marshal after her lifelong dedication to carrying on Danish traditions and culture. In her official capacity, she will attend Danish Festival events like the Open Air Breakfast and the Grand Dansk Parade. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Retired teacher named grand marshal of this summer’s Danish Festival

Carol Hansen’s great-grandfather, Hans Hansen, came from Denmark to Montcalm County in 1881, when he was 23 years old. It was here he met the woman who would be his wife, Cena, also an immigrant from Denmark. They hadn’t met prior to both of them relocating to Michigan.

Amanda Lewis gives her walking buddy Vader Tater, a 7-month-old Great Dane, a drink of water during Saturday’s Cannonsville Critters Walk for Kitties. The walk — which raised $2,759.40 in pledges — started at the Greenville High School parking lot, went up Hillcrest Street to Yellowjacket Drive, down Greenville West Drive and ended up back to the high school. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Walk for Kitties raises nearly $3,000 for Cannonsville Critters project

Saturday was a beautiful day for a walk and more than 20 people and their dogs did just that to help raise funds for a Montcalm County cat rescue.

The Cannonsville Critters Walk for Kitties began at Greenville High School, went up Hillcrest Street, looped around and ended up back in the parking lot of the high school — a total distance of about a mile and a half.

John Rutherford and his dog, Sasha, of Wyoming, move through a burned out building at the Kent County Sheriff’s Training Facility on Wednesday. Sasha is trained to identify traces of accelerant in cases of arson. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Arson dogs train to detect the presence of accelerants

John Rutherford and his dog, Sasha, walked into the ruins of a burned building, Sasha’s nose to the ground.

Rutherford led the dog around the room, quietly giving her the command “seek” as she climbed over debris while sniffing wildly.

A construction worker evaluates the condition of brickwork Wednesday at Studio Two Twenty Two at 222 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville, owned by Catherine Behnke. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville grants rights-of-way license to move along grant construction

As contractors have begun work on five facade projects on downtown Lafayette Street, extra measures are being taken to protect workers and pedestrians. The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve a request for license to allow Nugent Builders Inc. to occupy certain portions of city rights-of-way, as the company has been awarded all of the construction contracts for the facade projects this summer.

Adam Hopkins, left, and Bruce Aittama were given the award for Program of Outstanding Quality from the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES) for 2017. They were recognized for their commitment to students, skilled trades and their community. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

GHS teachers honored at MITES competition

Adam Hopkins and Bruce Aittama are dedicated to helping students at Greenville High School (GHS) learn high-demand skills. Hopkins and Aittama are in the technology department at the school. Hopkins teaches machining, wrought metal and welding and Aittama teaches wood shop and carpentry skills.